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Fashion Resolutions For 2020 And Beyond

With more designers, editors and retailers putting an emphasis on responsible consumption and ethical production, 2020 is all about making mindful choices when it comes to your wardrobe. The staggering truth is that consumers dispose of about 80% of textiles straight into the rubbish. An estimated 50 million tons of clothing is discarded every year, and most of it will not biodegrade in a landfill.

With this in mind, this year the style set is all about being accountable for fashion purchases and taking a more considered approach to shopping, whether that be seeking out labels like Gucci, which announced that it is now carbon-neutral, or choosing products made with sustainable natural fibres, these are the new wardrobe resolutions we’ll be trying to keep this year – and in the future.

Mindful Shopping

Reduce waste by trying to limit purchases to items that you know you’ll wear and make a part of your regular rotation of outfits by choosing “forever” classics like perfectly cut trousers, timeless outerwear and versatile separates. Try to stick to sophisticated colours that will compliment each other for maximum wearability. Then, edit your wardrobe down to include only the pieces that you love and wear. Doing so will streamline the process of getting dressed, all while consuming less and wasting less.

Bottega Veneta coat, £3,790
Giambattista Valli blouse, £730
Fendi trousers, £690
Prada flats, £490

Keep It Natural

Work towards a plastic-free wardrobe and eschew anything made from polyester or nylon, which are not biodegradable. Synthetic materials like these can leach chemicals into the earth and, if they’re incinerated, they may become carcinogenic. Choose natural fibres like bamboo, silk, wool and cashmere.

Cotton and polyester require tremendous amounts of resources to produce and make up 90% of all clothing so, while cotton is a natural fibre, seek out brands that use sustainable cloth.

Valentino wool and cashmere-blend cape, £3,200
Loro Piana cashmere sweater, £965
Balenciaga wool blazer, £2,150

Be More Organised

Self-confessed organisational-fiend Anya Hindmarch was so intent on her mission to simplify that she created a “Labelled” collection of accessories designed with the needs of busy women in mind. We love the “Safe Deposit” pouch for clear and easy access to daily essentials.

Anya Hindmarch Safe Deposit pouch, £195

Get Suited

Not only do suits pack a major seasonal style-punch, with their sharp lines and wear-forever timelessness, but tailored suits have the added benefit of being the easiest solution to getting dressed in a rut. Then there’s the flexibility of being to work the blazer with jeans and midi skirts, or pair the trousers with slink blouses or tees and trainers. Go for a slightly relaxed silhouette in the jacket (which should reach to at least the top of your leg), and roomier trousers (even a flared cut), for the most modern look. Try The Fold, Giorgio Armani and Prada.

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Be Ruthless

If your tastes tend towards the more outlandish of the spectrum, and you simply can’t resist the latest trends, try to implement a one-in-one-out policy and donate your outgoing items to charity or hand them to a platform like Chelsea-based My Wardrobe HQ, which will ensure a longer lifespan for your clothes by renting or reselling them.

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